Stress less. enjoy more.

Massage Therapy for nyc's upper west side


We promote New Yorkers' quality of life through the use of therapeutic massage. 

New Yorkers are up to 20% more likely to experience health complications due to stress than residents of the other 49 states.*

At StressLess NYC, we are licensed and experienced massage therapists who emphasize the healing effects of managing stress as well as its uses in injury prevention and rehabilitation. We aim to stack the cards of wellness in your favor by using massage techniques that reduce and manage stress, inflammation and pain while promoting the immune system, circulation, and digestion.  

It's not possible (or desirable) to reduce a person’s stress to 0%, but we can help you Stress Less... which means you'll be able to enjoy more!

*"The Ecology of Stress”, New York Magazine, January 24-31, 2005  









214 West 85th Street
Lower Level
New York, NY 10024

(We are located inside
Kinespirit Gyrotonics)



Jennifer Furst is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York City. Originally from Washington, DC, Jennifer is also a classically trained opera singer. She views the body as an instrument through which we experience our lives and emotions. As such, it is necessary to keep the body in tune. 

Jennifer’s work is based around the concept that massage is not a luxury, but an important tool for keeping the body healthy. She uses varied modalities (including Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofascial work, and range of motion techniques) to tailor a session that meets the needs of her clientele - whether that means stress reduction, injury rehabilitation, postural dysfunction, or preventative maintenance. She also believes that educating her clients is an important part of helping them achieve their goals for treatment. She spends time teaching self-massage techniques, stretching, and exercises to help support her clients between sessions. 

Jennifer has worked as a massage therapist for Equinox Fitness, OM Yoga, the JCC of Manhattan, Infinite Massage, and Google, Inc. She has done onsite and event work for Safe Horizons, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Lesbian Cancer Initiative, and Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens. Her practice includes clients with general wellness concerns, as well as those with specific needs such as athletes, dancers, performers, yoga practitioners, and all of those who want to optimize the use of their bodies for their daily lives. 


Takisha Saldana is a native New Yorker who understands chronic stress and what it can do to the body. As a graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York City, she has learned to bridge the gap between her interests in anatomy sciences and touch therapy. Takisha's work is inspired by the Dalai Lama’s philosophy that while stress and pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. She uses a combination of massage techniques to bring an overall awareness to the body and facilitate client knowledge and self-healing. Her expertise includes Swedish massage, Myofascial release and stretching, with advanced training in Sports Massage techniques, rotator cuff injuries and Pre-/Post-Natal massage.

Since obtaining her license in March of 2006, Takisha has worked as a Massage Therapist all around NYC in a wide range of environments. Most recently, she became a Senior Instructor and Department Chair at Mildred Elley College, Massage Therapy program. Her private practice has included clients seeking general stress reduction; those with minor and major injuries; athletes; moms-to-be; as well as Yoga, Pilates, and Gyrotonic practitioners. Takisha is also a member of the AMTA.



Swedish – $175 90 min | $125 60 min

This style employs long, gliding strokes, kneading and friction to effect muscle change through increased circulation as well as the removal of metabolic waste from the soft tissues. Oil is applied to reduce drag on the skin and allow for smooth strokes.

Deep Tissue – $175 90 min | $125 60 min

A deeper style than Swedish, this type of massage is generally designed for more focused massage work to a particular area. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner accesses deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly allows more movement, breaks up scar tissue, and reduces adhesions in the muscles.

Shiatsu – $175 90 min | $125 60 min

A Japanese form that uses finger, thumb and palm pressure to work along the major energy meridians of the body. Also employs stretches for these same meridians in order to increase energetic flow and decrease stiffness. Clients leave his/her clothes on during the entire massage, which is given either on the floor on a mat, or on a traditional massage table.

Sports – $175 90 min | $125 60 min

A vigorous style of massage generally intended for athletes, dancers, or those that work out regularly. Focuses on the muscles relevant to the particularly athletic activity practiced. It can also include pre-event, post-event, and maintenance sessions, promoting greater athletic endurance and performance, lessening chances of injury, and reducing recovery time.

Myofascial Release – $175 90 min | $125 60 min

A form of massage that focuses on the connective tissue wrappings of the muscles (called fascia) that can become restricted through misuse, overuse, poor posture, and trauma. This form has its goal of reducing pain, increasing joint range of motion, and decreasing adhesions in the layers of the body—leaving the client with freer motion.


Call 1-877-221-5583 or email us at info@stresslessnyc.com to schedule an appointment. You can also book online here:


Massage therapy is more than “just” relaxation! Massage is a centuries-old art of therapeutic touch. It has been used to address health issues as varied as injury rehabilitation, depression, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, circulatory issues—and, of course, for stress relief.

Isn’t massage just another luxury? 
Not at all! Massage can become an integral part of any preventative maintenance wellness program. Just like exercise, rest, and nutrition, massage is a way to keep your body in tune. Relaxation isn’t just something for idle moments. Over time, untreated stress can wreak havoc on the body.

How can stress affect my health?
It has been proven that stress can cause:

  • Elevation in blood pressure, blood glucose levels and cortisol levels (stress hormones)
  • Increased associated risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and absorbing new information
  • Burnout
  • Problems in interpersonal and work relationships
  • Increased irritability
  • Decreased sense of well-being and self-esteem
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

How can massage help?
Simple relaxation—practiced consistently and over time—has been shown to reverse the negative physiological effects of stress.  Far from being a mere “luxury,” relaxation and massage are essential for the maintenance of the mind, body and spirit. Give yourself the gift of the joy of relaxation through massage therapy! You will be back on your feet in no time!

Who can benefit from massage?
Almost anyone can benefit from a massage—after all, we sit in cars, on trains, in front of computers, stand on lines, hold the handrails, walk in high heels, hold our phones in the crook of our necks and do so many more potentially ergonomically stressful activities in daily life. All of these little everyday actions can result in cumulative micro-trauma or repetitive stress. In fact, even if you do not create repetitive stress injury, these daily tasks can cause your muscles and connective tissues to shorten, tighten, dehydrate and tear at the microscopic level, creating those little aches and pains that we think are just part of “being adults.”

How will massage improve my health?

  • Increasing blood flow to areas that have injuries, stiffness, dehydration or congestion of metabolic wastes in the tissues
  • Stretching and loosening tight muscle fibers and connective tissues that have become shortened from being held in repetitive or static positions
  • Increasing endorphin levels, thereby decreasing the body’s perception of pain
  • Increasing the range of motion in joints that have become stiff and/or creaky for underuse (or overuse)
  • Creating balance between opposing muscle groups so that activities can be performed more efficiently and with less effort and strain on the musculoskeletal system